New Volkswagen ID 7 vs Tesla Model 3: verdict

As Volkswagen's new electric flagship, the ID 7 has a lot to prove. Let's see whether its talents run deep enough to beat the class-leading and recently refreshed Tesla Model 3...

New Volkswagen ID 7 vs Tesla Model 3 rears


Volkswagen has been clear from the outset that the ID 7 is a car by which the company should be judged. So, has it delivered?

In short, yes. The ID 7 is the best EV that Volkswagen has produced to date, by quite some margin. Not only is it a quiet and comfortable cruiser, but it’s also immensely spacious and is currently available with tempting finance deals.

The ID 7 might have beaten the old Model 3, but Tesla has moved the goalposts yet again. On top of its potent performance, long range, generous level of kit and superb charging network, the latest Model 3’s gains in interior quality and refinement mean there simply isn’t a better EV package currently available.

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1st – Tesla Model 3

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For Fantastic efficiency and range; punchy performance; very well equipped; capacious boot; Tesla’s charging network
Against Some fiddly controls; predicted resale values aren’t as strong as the ID 7’s
Recommended options None

What Car? rating 5 stars out of 5

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2nd – Volkswagen ID 7

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For Smoother ride; quieter at a cruise; acres of rear leg room; more comfortable seats; cheaper to buy on PCP finance
Against Inconsistent brakes; not as sharp through corners; so-so real-world range; you’ll want to add some options
Recommended options Exterior Pack Plus with electronic darkening panoramic sunroof (£2100)

What Car? rating 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Volkswagen ID 7 77kWh Pro Match

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Engine Electric motor
Peak power 282bhp
Peak torque 402lb ft
Gearbox 1-spd automatic, RWD
0-60mph 6.2sec
30-70mph in kickdown 5.3sec
Top speed 112mph
Braking 30-0mph 10.6m
Braking 70-0mph 59.7m
Noise at 30mph 59.3dB
Noise at 70mph 65.9dB
Kerb weight 2172kg
Tyre size (standard) 235/50 R19 (front), 255/45 R19 (rear)
Battery capacity (usable) 77kWh
Rapid charging type CCS
Maximum charging rate 175kW
Charging time 7kW home wallbox (0-100%) 12hr 15min
Charging time rapid charger, peak rate (10-80%) 28min
Real-world range 254 miles
Official range 383 miles
Efficiency on test 3.3 miles/kWh
CO2 emissions 0g/km

Specifications: Tesla Model 3 Long Range

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Engine Two electric motors
Peak power 351bhp (est)
Peak torque 377lb ft (est)
Gearbox 1-spd automatic, 4WD
0-60mph 4.6sec
30-70mph in kickdown 3.7sec
Top speed 145mph
Braking 30-0mph 10.6m
Braking 70-0mph 57.9m
Noise at 30mph 60.1dB
Noise at 70mph 66.1dB
Kerb weight 1899kg
Tyre size (standard) 235/45 R1
Battery capacity (usable) 75kWh
Rapid charging type CCS
Maximum charging rate 250kW
7kW home wallbox (0-100%) 12hr
Rapid charger, peak rate (10-80%) 27min
Real-world range 293 miles
Official range 390 miles (on 19in wheels)
Efficiency on test 3.9 miles/kWh
CO2 emissions 0g/km

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